May 10th, 2013 at 8:23 am
Just a man, a piano and a song. And, some greatness. Elton John will perform on June 4 in Fayetteville as part of the Walmart Shareholders’ events.
Walmart has confirmed what several associates told me about the music schedule for the Walmart Shareholders’ meeting week, which begins June 4 and culminates with the actual shareholders’ meeting on June 7.
Both shows will take place in Bud Walton Arena and were labeled as “associate concerts” by Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee.
Equal amounts of tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster.com at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. May 15. Walmart and Sam’s Club employees will be able to claim two tickets for each show. The public will have access to tickets on May 30 if any remain.
The performers and host for the Shareholders’ meeting on June 7 are often tightly held secrets. That event is closed to the general public.
May 10th, 2013 at 5:03 am
Hey guys and girls, don’t forget your mom this weekend.
Sunday (May 12) is Mother’s Day, so you better do something nice. Perhaps that something nice is a live music show.
Five bands will converge on the grounds of Terra Studios near Durham for the venue’s Spring Music Festival. Performing at the event will be jazz group Five South, gospel group Saved by Grace, folk act Waoka, the bluesy artist Jesse Dean and the folk rock of Candy Lee and the Sweets, pictured. A donation of $5 is suggested, and proceeds will go toward building a wheelchair-accessible path at Terra Studios. Details can be found via www.terrastudios.com.
For something quite different, but still “Love”ly, you might try Downstream Casino.
Air Supply, known for their love songs, will visit Downstream Casino west of Joplin this weekend. The duo recorded hits such as “All Out of Love, and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” Tickets for the group’s 8 p.m. show today (May 10) range from $20-$50 and are available through the casino’s gift shop or via www.downstreamcasino.com.
Elsewhere this weekend, the Royal Southern Brotherhood performs at the Rib Room in Fort Smith tonight. You might recognize some of the names in this band — Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton.
What are your Mother’s Day weekend plans?
May 8th, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Here’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ very “Where The Wild Things Are” video for the song “Never Go Back.” Thankfully, they will come back to Fort Smith.
It’s not quite summer, but music schedules for the upcoming concert season are being announced. Among those newly announced shows is a May 30 appearance by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Fort Smith.
Grace Potter and company have transitioned from blues rockers to a more pop-friendly format in recent years, but the band from Vermont still packs a wallop.
Tickets for the band’s 9 p.m. show at Neumeier’s Rib Room go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday (May 10). The price is $32.50.
May 7th, 2013 at 11:39 am
A South African-born songwriter who visited for last year’s Fayetteville Roots Festival will make a return trip. Gregory Alan Isakov, who counts Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen among his influences, will visit George’s Majestic Lounge on Wednesday (May 8). Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $8. Tickets are available online.
May 6th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
If you want to see some live music on Tuesday night, “Maybe” Sick Puppies are the right band for you.
In advance of an album expected to be released sometime this summer, Australian rock band Sick Puppies will visit George’s Majestic Lounge for a show there on Tuesday (May 7). Sick Puppies have performed several times in Fayetteville and have been a band for about 15 years. Joining them for the upcoming show is Aranda. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are $20 and are available at the club or online.
May 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Update (3:03 p.m. Friday): Things change. The concert has been moved to June 23. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. For details, call the WAC’s box office at 479-443-5600.
Update (2:48 p.m. Friday): Some of you are asking, and, as far as we know, this concert is taking place as scheduled. If that changes, we’ll update you here.
Even without radio airplay (with their voices, anyway), I nearly guarantee you’ve heard an Old Crow Medicine Show song.
It’s called “Wagon Wheel,” and it gets tossed around at campfire gatherings and covered by bar bands.
Proof of that was recently verified — the song was certified as gold selling.
It got revived again by Darius Rucker, the country musician, and he turned the juke joint bluegrass number into a country hit.
But the song is already going through its second or third or fourth life. Bob Dylan started writing it, and Ketch Secor of Old Crow finished the job.
Old Crow, meanwhile, has recorded several albums worth of songs and maintained a high profile among bluegrass and old-timey acts but just under the national radar.
Secor chatted with me recently about why he was glad Rucker recorded the song, the band’s near end and how Dickson Street in Fayetteville — a place they’ve played many times over the years — has changed. You can read my story about Old Crow Medicine Show in today’s What’s Up! section, which is available on newsstands or online [Note: Subscriber content].
Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show range from $32-$77 dollars. Get them at the gates or through the Walton Arts Center ticketing office.
We’ll see you there.
May 3rd, 2013 at 5:03 am
As this post goes live, it may be snowing.
Some start to spring.
But we are people of resolve, and live music goes on, and so should we.
There are many opportunities to hear some music this weekend in Northwest Arkansas. Here are a few of them:
The country rock outfit Backroad Anthem may be new — the band formed last October — but the musicians already have some impressive credentials. The Fayetteville-based group has performed with Casey Donahew Band, Dustin Lynch and Eli Young Band, among others, and yesterday released a brand new EP. Called “Small Town Fame,” the new album will be supported by a show tonight (May 3) at George’s Majestic Lounge. Tickets are $10. The show begins at 10 p.m.
Also this weekend is Delbert McClinton.
The three-time Grammy winner will return to Northwest Arkansas for a show on Sunday (May 5) evening at the Walton Arts Center. After getting a start backing up blues greats such as Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed, McClinton found success on his own. His two most recent Grammy victories came in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, one for 2001’s “Nothing Personal” and another for 2006’s “The Cost of Living.” McClinton’s show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75 and are available by calling 443-5600 or via www.waltonartscenter.org.
And don’t forget about Old Crow Medicine Show at the Arkansas Music Pavilion (we’ll have a story on that one later) and Springfest, which has multiple stages and multiple bands. Both of those events take place Saturday (May 4). [Update: Because of the unseasonable weather, Springfest has been postponed until June.]
Of course, there’s a complete list of this weekend’s gigs on our blog homepage.
Which ones will you catch?
May 1st, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Artosphere, as the name suggests, offers various art activities during its two-month run. The festival, which kicks off in earnest this weekend and continues through late June, also offers much in the way of live music along the way. In addition to the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, which plays several gigs in late June, many other events will take place.
We took a look at all of Artosphere’s offerings in a story in Friday’s What’s Up section, which you can read online [Note: Subscriber content].
Here are some of the music events:
May 3 — Jayme Stone at Bentonville First Friday
May 4 — Trail Mix Concert series, Fayetteville and Bentonville
June 17 — The Dover Quartet at Thorncrown Chapel
June 25 — Chamber music at Arsaga’s Depot location
June 28 — Artosphere Festival Orchestra plays Russian masterpieces at the Walton Arts Center
For a full schedule of music opportunities, visit the festival’s website
April 30th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Snoop Lion, if he chooses to wear that lion head at Wakarusa, will fit right in with many of the other costumed characters at the festival. Snoop leads a packed lineup on Sunday at the festival, which takes place less than a month from now in Franklin County.
It’s only 28 days until Wakarusa. I repeat: It’s only 28 days until Wakarusa.
And as they normally do about this time, the organizers of Wakarusa have announced the stage schedule, meaning we now know what time (and day) which bands are playing, and on what stage(s). Confusing, huh?
Here are some thoughts I have about the stage schedule:
• In a move that should surprise no one, Widespread Panic takes the most coveted spot on the schedule with the prime-time Saturday (June 1) night gig.
• Sunday (June 2), with Snoop Lion headlining that evening, looks to be more loaded than in any other year. Sometimes, Sunday is pretty light, and a lot of people decide to head home early. They may rethink it this year.
• How Of Monsters and Men did not get a spot on the festival’s main stage, I have no idea.
• Widespread actually has some real competition this year. Usually, headliners have a clean slate against other stages, but I’m intrigued by a band playing the catalog of Daft Punk like Earphunk will try.
• If not for Snoop Lion on Sunday, the main stage set by Bombino that day will be worth sticking around for.
What are your thoughts about the stage schedule?
April 29th, 2013 at 11:37 am
Philadelphia band The National Rifle released four EPs prior to this year’s full-length debut album “Almost Endless.” On a tour to promote the new record, the quartet will pass through Fayetteville for a show on Tuesday night (April 30) at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. The set begins at 9:30 p.m., and admission is free.